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Death of a Salesman (1985)

An aging traveling salesman recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it.

Director:

Volker Schlöndorff (as Volker Schlondorff)

Writers:

Arthur Miller (teleplay), Arthur Miller (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dustin Hoffman ... William 'Willy' Loman
Kate Reid ... Linda Loman
John Malkovich ... Biff Loman
Stephen Lang ... Harold 'Happy' Loman
Charles Durning ... Charley
Louis Zorich ... Ben Loman
David S. Chandler David S. Chandler ... Bernard
Jon Polito ... Howard Wagner
Kathryn Rossetter ... Woman from Boston (as Kathy Rossetter)
Tom Signorelli Tom Signorelli ... Stanley
Linda Kozlowski ... Miss Forsythe
Karen Needle Karen Needle ... Letta
Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh ... Jenny
Michael Quinlan ... Waiter
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Storyline

Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He's about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy don't respect him and can't seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make things up to his family. Written by Eric Sorensen

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller opened at the Morosco Theater on February 10, 1949, ran for 742 performances and won the 1949 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. "Death of a Salesman" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1949. See more »

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When Willy is talking to himself, drinking milk, the level of milk changes in his glass before he takes a drink. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Linda Loman: Willy?
Willy Loman: It's alright. I came back.
Linda Loman: Why, what happened? Did something happen Willy?
Willy Loman: Nah.
Linda Loman: You didn't smash the car did you?
Willy Loman: I said nothing happened! Didn't you hear me?
Linda Loman: Didn't you feel well?
Willy Loman: [sighs] I'm tired to the death. I-a, I couldn't make it. I just couldn't make it Linda.
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Version of De dood van een handelsreiziger (1967) See more »

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Depressive and Tragic Theatrical Movie With Awesome Performances
11 October 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

On the age of sixty and something years, the salesman Willy Loman (Dustin Hoffman) realizes that he is a loser and his empty life was a worthless fraud. The disturbed and deranged Willy becomes delusional, mixing fantasy and reality, and disclosing secrets of his family.

"Death of the Salesman" is a very depressive and tragic theatrical movie with awesome performances, mainly of Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid and John Malkovitch. I have never read Arthur Miller's novel or seen the movie or the play; therefore I did not expect such a sad story with so complex characters. The story, in the 40's, shows the evil face of the capitalism (and the American Dream), and the character of Dustin Hoffman becomes insane when he sees that he is a loser and his life a complete failure: he is paying the last installment of his old house after thirty years of sacrifice; his sons have not been successful in life; his old car is broken; his old refrigerator needs repair; he does not have any money after more than thirty years working for the same company and in the end he is treated like a street dog and fired. For a viewer that does not know this drama (like me), I recommend to see this movie in a happy day, otherwise he or she may become too much depressed with such heart-breaking story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Morte do Caixeiro-Viajante" ("Death of the Salesman")


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